Coronavirus will devastate economies of developing nations: PM

Imran Khan urges world to write off loans of countries to help cope with coronavirus

Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged the world community to consider writing off loans of developing countries like Pakistan to help them cope with the coronavirus.

In an exclusive interview with American news agency Associated Press, he feared the coronavirus will devastate the economies of developing nations.

Imran Khan said if a serious outbreak happens in Pakistan, his government’s efforts to lift the ailing economy out of near collapse would begin an unstoppable slide backward. He said exports would fall off, unemployment would soar and an onerous national debt would become an impossible burden.

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Referring to the health infrastructure constraints of different countries and regions, he said, “We just do not have the capability and the resources to deal with the virus.” Khan further called for lifting sanctions against Iran. He said Iran is a classic example of a place where the humanitarian imperative to contain the outbreak outweighs political rivalries or economic dogmas. Responding to a question, the prime minister expressed disappointment over the recent remarks of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani against Pakistan.

Imran Khan said since taking office, he has worked hard with the US to help cobble together a peace deal in Afghanistan. He said Pakistan should be appreciated the way it has gone about furthering the peace process.

He said Pakistan is now a partner in peace for the US. He said he has always opposed his country’s participation in the war on terror calling it a waste of Pakistani lives and money.

Imran Khan also raised concern over the massacre of Muslims in New Delhi saying the Indian Prime Minister’s Hindu nationalist-led government threatens to disenfranchise hundreds of millions of people through a controversial new citizenship law. He said the worst nightmare of the world has happened as an extremist and racial party that believes in racial superiority has taken over a country of more than one billion people and also has nuclear weapons.

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  1. Pakistan will Insha Allah prove to the region the WHO to insulate from Corona Virus by following the guidelines, technologies as 5G ininnovation/digital transformation shared its future plans showcasing the 5G use cases, including a VR based classroom for remote education enablement and Ultra HD 4K video coverage using a drone.
    The virtualised Telenor Hybrid Cloud with rapid Fiberisation to the tower in Karachi with the FTTH/G-Pon network communicate with the WHO and rest of the world, how to rescue Pakistan and let the world benefit from deployment of technology, and fast adoption of G-Pon technology in Karachi.

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